We collaborate with many organizations and individuals who are passionate about children gaining voice and new roles in their school communities encouraging civic engagement.
This collaborators are part of schools like PS 20 (the Clinton Hill School) and Little Red School House (LREI), Barnard College, Teachers College. They are also at focused organizations including Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the innovation incubator,
DK Holland, who is the founder of Inquiring Minds, is a TED Resident. The Residency is a vibrant community of over 100 individuals passionately involved in a spectrum of pursuits from prison reform to saving the oceans. Inquiring Minds believes civic engagement is part of practically everything.
DK Holland and Patricia Crain de Galrace with Peter Levine at CIRCLE (Tufts University)
Laura Tavares of Facing History and Ourselves
Suzie Kavanaugh with Carol Weber, Elizabeth Waters and DK Holland at 1776 in the Navy Yard
DK Holland and Elizabeth Waters with parents and students at PS20
Susan Griffin of NCSS with SG Grant, Kathy Swan, and Jon Lee of the C3 Framework team.
Inquiring Minds’ coalitions
CivXNow is the national coalition led by iCivics working to expand quality civic education standards at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to ensure that future generations will gain a deep understanding of civic life; know how to engage as informed citizens; and understand why their civic participation matters. Inquiring Minds is proud to be a partner in this important coalition.
DemocracyReady NY is the coalition sponsored by Teachers College to bring the state into compliance to provide civic engagement for all students from kindergarten to high school.
Affiliated institutions and organizations
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
NCSS defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. In essence, social studies promotes knowledge of and involvement in civic affairs. And because civic issues—such as health care, crime, and foreign policy—are multidisciplinary in nature, understanding these issues and developing resolutions to them require multidisciplinary education. These characteristics are the key defining aspects of social studies.
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility educates young people for hopeful and intelligent engagement with their world. A national leader in the field of social and emotional learning (SEL), Morningside Center has developed a range of research-based programs that improve students' social and emotional intelligence—and their academic performance. They are working to make social and emotional learning a part of every child’s education.
Barnard College, Teachers College and Long Island University
We have ongoing relationships with teaching colleges in New York City.
Working with public and private schools
Besides collaborating with organizations, Inquiring Minds has been fortunate to develop ongoing relationships with both public and private schools including:
PS 20 (Brooklyn, NY)
LREI (New York, NY)
Powell School (Washington, DC)
Edmund Burke School (Washington, DC)
Design for Social Innovation (New York, NY)